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Books in Brief: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

I revere Judy Blume so it was an unlikely event to find that I did not want to finish this book. But then I remembered that while I adore her … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Face That Changed it All by Beverly Johnson

I’d previously thought of Beverly Johnson as a famous black supermodel but I didn’t know about her being the first African-American to appear on the cover of Vogue or that … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Club: Open City by Teju Cole

A man wanders and walks through New York City (for starters, he does take his meaderings elsewhere). That would be a super-simple way to explain this book but that would … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Louise Erdrich at The National Book Festival

I wasn’t at the National Book Festival (September 5) for the entire day but I did get up early-ish to hear Marie Arana interview Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2015 American Fiction Prize. It … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

In The Thing About Jellyfish, Suzy Swanson processes the death of her old friend Franny and the end of a friendship. She grieves the way that she and Franny grew … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

This House Is Not for Sale by E.C. Osondu

In This House Is Not for Sale, the eccentricities of life itself, particularly life in Africa, are illuminated through the inhabitants of the Family House—a place that functions as a … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Club: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

In The Golem and The Jinni, two otherworldly creatures navigate life and don’t quite blend in to the immigrant communities where they find themselves in late 19th century New York … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

I’d heard that The Bishop’s Wife was a fascinating mystery and when I saw it at the library shortly before I was on my way out of town, I picked … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Club Reads: The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman

I found The Gravity of Birds to be a riveting read. I learned about it because one the book clubs I attend at One More Page Books chose it for … Continue reading

June 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

In Balm, three different characters try to find their way to healing after the Civil War while battling the ghosts of the past in the sprawling city of Chicago, a … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment
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